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Duke Dominates The Pack

PlumleeYes, Duke was pumped up for their opening win over N.C. State in the ACC Tournament.  The Blue Devils led by as many as 30 points on their way to a dominant 77-53 win over the Wolfpack.

A Crazy Dominant First Half

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 13-3 lead and never looked back.  Duke committed an astonishingly low one turnover in the half and just five the whole contest.  Duke ended up leading after the first half by a 49-22 score where Coach Mike Krzyzewski praised the effort in the post game press conference.  Duke also connected on 10 of 11 free throws to pretty much gain a TKO over the Wolfpack.  Dis you know that the Duke bench of Matt Jones, Marshall Plumlee and Grayson Allen outscored N.C. State at the end of the first half 27 to 22?

The Starters and Backcourt Came Alive In The Second Half

Justise Winslow ended he game with 11 points. Tyus Jones added 8 while dishing 8 assists and Jahlil Okafor added 10.  All 8 points came in the second half for the efficient Jones. But Quinn Cook again showed his leadership ending the contest with 15 points.

Early Play By Allen Sparked Duke

Grayson Allen scored twice on drives in the first half.  After one drive and score, Duke held a 22-11 lead and N.C. State Coach Mark Gottfried called a timeout.  Allen later scored on another slash to the bucket giving Duke a 26-11 lead and Gottfried burned another timeout.  Yes, Grayson was effective, see his video below and then keep reading our recap.

Big Jah's Pops Enjoyed Himself

Chuck never sat down across the way, much the dismay  of a band of Clemson fans sitting behind him.  Jahlil's Dad led cheers for most of he game until he got tired from the Blue Devils dominance and took a break.  Duke also rocked their new white uniforms in this game.

Here is a Happy Matt Jones

Jones scored 11 points and continues to help spark Duke off the bench -

 Notes

- Duke moves to 29-3 and has won 12 straight games.

- Marshall Plumlee scored a career high 12 points on some emphatic dunks.

- The last time a team led by 27 or more points at the half of the ACC Tournament was in 1999.  That record is held by Duke too.

- Duke shot 92.3% from the free throw stripe against NCSU.

- Six Duke players finished in double figures tonight.

- Duke is 39-17 all time in ACC Tournaments held in Greensboro, N.C.

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Duke ACC Tournament Notes

quinn vs UNCDuke (28-3, 15-3) • ACC Tournament Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 12, 2015 • 7:00 p.m. • ESPN / ACCN

Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum

The Opening Tip

• Duke enters the ACC Tournament with a 28-3 record overall, including a 15-3 mark in ACC play. The Blue Devils claimed the No. 2 seed to earn a double-bye into the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals.

• Duke’s 28-3 record is tied for the fifth-best mark through 31 games in program history. Duke was also 28-3 in 2001-02 and 2005-06.

• The Blue Devils enter the game ranked No. 2 in both the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke is 120-19 overall when ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll.

• The Blue Devils are ranked No. 3 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index with a 10-2 mark against teams rated in the top 50. Duke has road wins over four teams in the top 25 (Wisconsin, Louisville, Virginia, North Carolina) and is No. 1 in the NCAA in road/neutral site RPI.

• Duke has won 11 straight games, the program’s fifth double-digit win streak this decade. Seven of the Blue Devils’ wins during the streak have been by 10 points or less.

Last Time Out

• Duke wrapped up the regular season with an 84-77 win at No. 19 North Carolina Saturday as Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook combined for 44 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

• Jones scored a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He netted 17 second-half points and set a Duke freshman record with a 12-of-12 performance from the foul line in the win.

• Cook knocked down four three-point field goals and finished with 20 points for his sixth 20-point game of the season.

• Jahlil Okafor added 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Justise Winslow tallied 13 points despite being saddled with foul trouble throughout the second half.

• After shooting just 33.3 percent (10-of-30) in the first half, Duke responded to go 17-of-29 (.586) from the field over the final 20 minutes of action.

• Duke trailed 49-42 with 14:40 remaining in the game before seizing control with a 14-2 run over the next 3:20 to take a 56-51 lead.

By the numbers

• Jahlil Okafor was named ACC Player of the Year, becoming the first freshman in league history to claim the honor and just the ninth freshman out of a major conference (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) to earn player of the year accolades.

• Jahlil Okafor leads the Blue Devils and ranks among the top five in the ACC in scoring (17.6 ppg.), rebounds (9.2 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.668). He is attempting to become the first freshman to lead Duke in all three categories.

• Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 16.0 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.458), three-point percentage (.404), three-point field goals (2.84 3pg.) and free throw percentage (.885).

• Duke is the only team in the NCAA with three freshmen averaging double figures in scoring. Jahlil Okafor (17.6 ppg.), Justise Winslow (12.4 ppg.) and Tyus Jones (11.8 ppg.) combine for 41.8 points per game (51.4 percent of Duke scoring). All three players are Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year finalists.

• A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 23 of 31 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack 12 times, while Tyus Jones (7), Justise Winslow (3) and Grayson Allen (1) have also led Duke in scoring. The rookie class has also accounted for 21 of Duke’s 27 20-point games on the year (Okafor 11, Jones 6, Winslow 3, Allen 1).

• Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 41 games, tied for the seventh-longest streak in ACC history. He is shooting 40.9 percent (110-of-269) from behind the arc in that stretch. Cook leads the ACC with 88 three-point field goals and has made two or more threes in a game 25 times this season.

• Duke’s starting backcourt of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones has combined to shoot 88.3 percent (197-of-223) from the free throw line. The remaining six players in the Duke rotation are 280-of-465 (.602) from the charity stripe.

• Justise Winslow has scored in double figures in each of the past 12 games and is averaging 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 55.2 percent (69-of-125) from the field, including 50.0 percent (15-of-30) from three-point range, in that span.

• Quinn Cook is averaging 18.9 points per game with five 20-point efforts during Duke’s current 11-game win streak.

• Jahlil Okafor leads the ACC and ranks second nationally with a .668 field goal percentage (221-of-331). He has shot 70 percent or better from the field 18 times on the year.

• Tyus Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists (177) and steals (47). Tommy Amaker (1984), Bobby Hurley (1990) and Jason Williams (2000) are the only Blue Devils to lead the team in both categories as freshmen.

• Duke leads the ACC and ranks third nationally in scoring at 81.3 points per game. The Blue Devils are looking to pace the conference in scoring in back-to-back years for the first time since finishing atop the league scoring charts from 1997-2003.

• Duke is playing its 285th consecutive game as a ranked team in the AP Poll. The Blue Devils are 236-48 (.831) in that span.

• The Blue Devils have shot 50 percent or better from the field 15 times on the year. The Blue Devils are 15-0 in those contests and 488-31 under Mike Krzyzewski when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.

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Okafor Named ACC POY and ROY

JahlilDuke Freshman Center Jahlil Okafor as just been named both ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year by the ACC voting media. The Chicago, Illinois native helped lead Duke to a 28-3 regular season record and a soon to be announced 2nd ranked team in the country when the new polls come out. Okafor averaged 17.6 ppg to lead the Blue Devils in scoring. He also led Duke in rebounding, pulling down 9.2 boards per game while averaging 1.4 blocked shots per game. Okafor is considered by many to be the likely number one pick in the next NBA draft once he declares up the completion of the Blue Devils season.  Okafor scored a career high 28 points against Boston College.  Okafor is the first freshman ever to win the award.

2014-15 ACSMA All-ACC Teams

(First place votes in parenthesis, followed by total points)

First Team

Jahlil Okafor, Fr., Duke (64) 320

Jerian Grant, Sr., Notre Dame (64) 320

Rakeem Christmas, Gr., Syracuse (51) 294

Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia (53) 293

Olivier Hanlan, Jr., Boston College (29) 246

Second Team

Montrezl Harrell, Jr., Louisville (21) 220

Quinn Cook, Sr., Duke (23) 219

Terry Rozier, So., Louisville (2) 154

Trevor Lacey, Jr., N.C. State (2) 123

Justin Anderson, Jr., Virginia (5) 106

Third Team

Marcus Paige, Jr., North Carolina (4) 97

Tyus Jones, Fr., Duke (2) 89

Pat Connaughton, Sr., Notre Dame 45

Anthony Gill, Jr., Virginia 42

Brice Johnson, Jr., North Carolina 40

Honorable Mention

Jamel Artis, So., Pittsburgh 33

Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami 32

London Perrantes, So., Virginia 31

Sheldon McClellan, Jr., Miami 31

Justise Winslow, Fr., Duke 29

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Fr., Florida State 24

Michael Young, So., Pittsburgh 14

Angel Rodriguez, Jr., Miami 13

Codi Miller-McIntyre, Jr., Wake Forest 12

Kennedy Meeks, So., North Carolina 10

ACC Player of the Year

Jahlil Okafor, Fr., Duke (44)

Other votes

Jerian Grant, Sr., Notre Dame (14)

Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia (3)

Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse (1)

Olivier Hanlan, Jr., Boston College (1)

Montrezl Harrell, Jr., Louisville (1)

ACC Freshman of the Year

Jahlil Okafor, Duke (64)

ACC Coach of the Year

Tony Bennett, Virginia (52)

Other Votes

Mike Brey, Notre Dame (6)

Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (5)

Mark Gottfried, NC State (1)

Defensive Player of the Year

Darion Atkins, Sr., Virginia (26)

Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse (15)

Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami (10)

Montrezl Harrell, Jr., Louisville (8)

BeeJay Anya, So., N.C. State (3)

James Robinson, Jr., Pittsburgh (1)

Cameron Wright, Sr., Pittsburgh (1)

Most Improved Player

Rakeem Christmas, Sr., Syracuse (24)

Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami (14)

Quinn Cook, Sr., Duke (6)

Cat Barber, So., N.C. State (6)

Terry Rozier, So., Louisville (4)

Michael Gbinije, Jr., Syracuse (4)

Jaron Blossomgame, So., Clemson (3)

Jamel Artis, So., Pittsburgh (2)

Michael Young, So., Pittsburgh (1)

Sixth Man of the Year

BeeJay Anya, So., N.C. State (26)

Matt Jones, So., Duke (13)

Charles Mitchell, Jr., Georgia Tech (10)

V.J. Beachem, So., Notre Dame (8)

Chris Jones, So., Pittsburgh (7)

All-ACC Defensive Team

Rakeem Christmas, Gr., Syracuse, 58

Malcolm Brogdon, Jr., Virginia, 50

Darion Atkins, Sr., Virginia, 38

Tonye Jekiri, Jr., Miami, 38

BeeJay Anya, So., NC State, 29

All-ACC Freshman Team

Jahlil Okafor, Duke, 64

Tyus Jones, Duke, 62

Justise Winslow, Duke, 59

Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State, 57

Justin Jackson, North Carolina, 22

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Duke at UNC Game Notes

JahlilDuke (27-3, 14-3) at [19/19] North Carolina (21-9, 11-6)

Saturday, March 7, 20159:10 p.m. • ESPN

Chapel Hill, N.C. • Dean E. Smith Center

 

the Opening Tip

  • Duke (27-3, 14-3) concludes the regular season against North Carolina (21-9, 11-6) Saturday, March 7 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Tipoff is set for 9:10 p.m. with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake calling the action for ESPN.
  • The Blue Devils enter the game ranked No. 3 in both the AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke has won four straight games and is 114-23 overall when ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll.
  • North Carolina enters the contest ranked No. 19 in the AP Poll. Duke is 11-7 all-time against the No. 19 team in the poll.
  • The Blue Devils are ranked No. 4 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index with a 5-1 mark against  teams rated in the top 25.  Three of Duke’s five wins against the top 25 have come on the road (at Wisconsin, at Louisville, at Virginia). Duke’s road/neutral site RPI is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA.
  • Duke has won 10 straight games, the program’s fifth double-digit win streak this decade.

 

Last Time Out

  • Duke capped off its home schedule with a commanding 94-51 win over Wake Forest Wednesday.  Five Blue Devils scored in double figures with Grayson Allen leading the way with a season-high 27 points.
  • Allen was 9-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range, and 5-of-6 from the foul line en route to his first career 20-point game.
  • Justise Winslow had an outstanding all-around game, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six steals in 25 minutes of action, while Matt Jones tallied 17 points and four rebounds.
  • Quinn Cook (13) and Tyus Jones (10) combined for 23 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
  • Duke raced out to a 52-15 halftime lead with the 37-point margin tied for the ninth largest gap at intermission in program history.

 

By the numbers

  • Jahlil Okafor leads the team in scoring (17.8 ppg.), rebounds (9.4 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.665). He is attempting to become the first freshman to lead Duke in all three categories.
  • Quinn Cook is averaging a career-high 15.8 points per game while also posting career bests in field goal percentage (.459), three-point percentage (.404), three-point field goals (2.80 3pg.) and free throw percentage (.882).
  • Duke is the only team in the NCAA with three freshmen averaging double figures in scoring. Jahlil Okafor (17.8 ppg.), Justise Winslow (12.4 ppg.) and Tyus Jones (11.4 ppg.) combine for 41.6 points per game (51.2 percent of Duke scoring).
  • The freshmen trio of Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow has been together in Duke’s starting lineup 29 times. Mike Krzyzewski has started three or more freshmen in a game 64 times at Duke.
  • A freshman has led the Blue Devils in scoring in 22 of 30 games. Jahlil Okafor has paced the offensive attack 12 times, while Tyus Jones (6), Justise Winslow (3) and Grayson Allen (1) have also led Duke in scoring. The rookie class has also accounted for 20 of Duke’s 25 20-point games on the year (Okafor 11, Jones 5, Winslow 3, Allen 1).
  • Quinn Cook has made at least one three-point field goal in each of the past 40 games, the eighth-longest streak in ACC history. He is shooting 40.9 percent (106-of-259) from behind the arc in that stretch.
  • Duke’s starting backcourt of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones has combined to shoot 87.6 percent (183-of-209) from the free throw line. The remaining six players are 299-of-493 (.606) from the charity stripe.
  • Justise Winslow has scored in double figures in each of the past 11 games and is averaging 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 55.2 percent (64-of-116) from the field, including 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from three-point range, in that span.
  • Jahlil Okafor leads the ACC and ranks second nationally with a .665 field goal percentage (214-of-322). He has shot 70 percent or better from the field 17 times on the year.
  • Tyus Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists (170) and steals (44). Tommy Amaker (1984), Bobby Hurley (1990) and Jason Williams (2000) are the only Blue Devils to lead the team in both categories as freshmen.
  • Matt Jones is averaging 8.8 points per game over the past 10 contests. He has scored in double figures three times in that span.
  • Duke leads the ACC in scoring at 81.2 points per game. The Blue Devils are looking to pace the conference in scoring in back-to-back years for the first time since finishing atop the league scoring charts from 1997-2003.
  • Duke is playing its 284th consecutive game as a ranked team in the AP Poll. The Blue Devils are 235-48 (.830) in that span.
  • Duke has shot 50 percent or better from the field  15 times on the year. The Blue Devils are 15-0 in those contests and 488-31 under Mike Krzyzewski when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
  • Duke placed a school record five players (Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, Tyus Jones, Marshall Plumlee and Justise Winslow) on the All-ACC Academic Team.
  • The Blue Devils are 6-1 on the season against ranked opponents, including a 3-1 mark in true road games versus ranked foes.